Every human body is a beautiful tree, comprised of vast networks of branching structures.

Andrew Wheatley is a movement coach and Certified Personal Trainer, and is passionate about helping people live into their awesome bodies.  As a body-positive fitness professional, Andrew encourages clients to explore movement and cultivate joy, gratefulness, and confidence in their bodies.  He believes that sustainable fitness comes from daily movement habits and food choices that build our capacity to grow, nurture, and heal ourselves.  

Andrew will help you set up regular, small wins to achieve your goals, move mindfully, and prevent injury.  Whether you are a competitive athlete or someone who wants to live a more active lifestyle, Andrew will help you realize the strong, resilient, radiant self who’s always been within you (and wants to come out to play!).


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Neuromuscular Control

The branches of our nervous system allow us to move through and respond to our environment. If we seek to improve the function of those nerves which we can influence, we can improve the effectiveness of the nervous system to do its work.  

For movement, the nerve branches control the contraction of muscle fibers. For most of us, we have many muscle contractions which are voluntary, and many which are involuntary. The more we can move our individual muscles into the "voluntary" category, the more we can influence their functional relationship with the rest of the body.  


photo Credit: Kenneth Snelson

Tensegrity

Tension from the muscles will hold the body up and control its motion. The body thus becomes an anti-gravity structure whose springiness can fluctuate between stiff and loose. To activate a tensegrity structure, two or more forces will pull on opposing sides of a rigid structure, suspending the structure in between the anchor points of the forces.  Think about how guy wires attach to opposite sides of a radio tower to keep it from falling over. Then imagine there are other towers suspended by the main tower -- it could look something like this photo.  

 


hoto Credit: Joanna Avision

hoto Credit: Joanna Avision

Training tensegrity

By focusing on neuromuscular control, getting all the muscles firing in a unified and cohesive effort, we can activate the innate tensegrity structures in the body. Doing so helps us maximize output, minimize effort, and prevent injury. Above all, we become better movers, we feel better, and we have a blast!